The Director develops, implements, leads, and champions proactive DEI & CSR initiatives and programs in concert with the firm’s overall strategic plans. The Director will work closely with the Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Chief Talent and Human Resources Officer and firm leadership to achieve the firm’s DEI goals.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Global Director of DEI will lead the implementation of strategy, best practices, programs, initiatives and training
Serve as an advocate on diversity, inclusion and equity initiatives and issues, working with firm committees and administrators, practice groups and office leaders to implement the Firm's diversity initiatives, keeping focus on inclusion as a key firm value.
Work closely with Hiring Partners, Human Resources, Recruiting, and Professional Development to increase the firm's hiring and retention of diverse personnel; research, track and analyze information with respect to recruitment, retention and promotion of women and diverse lawyers; and research, identify and work with others to implement best practices in furtherance of these goals.
Be a resource for individual women lawyers, lawyers of color, LGBT lawyers and other diverse professionals as they work to develop their careers.
Work with all of the firm’s offices to support the firm’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts globally.
Participate in creating metrics for assessing the results of the firm's diversity and inclusion initiatives and benchmarking firm initiatives against evolving best practices in the legal industry.
Develop strong firm-wide relationships to ensure effective execution of diversity strategies and programs.
Oversee the firm's compliance with various bar association and other organization’s diversity pledges and commitments the firm may undertake.
Collaborate with the Marketing Department to develop strategies to capitalize on the firm's commitment to diversity and to publicize examples of successful diversity efforts, including the firm’s diversity materials, brochures and web-based content, making efforts to secure recognition of those efforts in national or regional publications or “best of” lists.
Coordinate the firm's diversity sponsorship protocol, identifying, selecting and facilitating appropriate sponsorship or event hosting opportunities; oversee the preparation of responses to client requests for diversity information and appropriate third party surveys.
Collaborate with the firm’s Global Women’s Initiative, the Diversity Committee and affinity groups, plan and attend their meetings and events, help develop and manage their budgets and provide other support to those committees, committee chairpersons, and committee initiatives and their affinity groups.
Attend and present at conferences, help to identify and engage speakers with diverse backgrounds for internal diversity programs; along with others, represent the firm at various diversity functions and serve as one of the firm’s spokesperson on diversity and inclusion issues.
Partner with the Procurement Team and CDO to develop of a firm-wide supplier diversity program effectively track and advance the firm’s supplier diversity initiatives.
Develop a strategy for and integrate business services professionals into the firm-wide diversity and inclusion strategy.
Work with professional development team to oversee the design and development of strategic firm wide Mentoring Program and Work Allocation System.
Develop annual budget for all related areas of responsibility. Provide monthly commentary and trends. Carry out reforecasting each quarter as directed.
Manage direct reports and any indirect reports. Provide timely & efficient feedback & performance/compensation reviews.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion and related workplace issues
Excellent interpersonal skills that contribute to a respectful, collaborative work environment
Excellent written and oral communication skills, including experience training or presenting to groups
Excellent organizational, planning and problem-solving skills, including a demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities, prioritize work, maintain deadlines and produce high-quality work
Excellent people management skills
Ability to travel as necessary (including regularly to other firm offices)
Ability to handle sensitive and confidential topics with a high degree of professionalism.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution (required); J.D. or advanced degree in organizational development, human resources or fields related to diversity and inclusion (preferred)
Minimum of ten (10) years of relevant professional, legal or corporate setting (required); large law firm experience (preferred); director level experience (preferred)
About Dechert LLP
Dechert is a global law firm focused on sectors with the greatest complexities, legal intricacies and highest regulatory demands. We excel in delivering practical commercial judgment and deep legal expertise for high-stakes matters.
In an increasingly challenging environment, clients look to us to serve them in ways that are faster, sharper and leaner without compromising excellence.
We are relentless in serving our clients – delivering the best of the firm to them with entrepreneurial energy and seamless collaboration in a way that is distinctively Dechert.